International Peace Day Celebration
Join us at 6pm in the Galleria as we celebrate and reflect on International Peace Day! As we honor the United Nations Initiative, International Day of Peace, we ask you to think about and share with us what peace means to you. This event features special performances from Intercultural Journeys artists, singer Keisha Hutchins and pianist Neil Podgurski, as well as light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Fans who’ve just discovered Keisha Hutchins’s smooth, heady blend of folk, soul, and alt-country might be forgiven if they are surprised to learn that the 36-year-old Philadelphia native didn’t learn her craft in a smoky barroom. Classically trained at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory, Keisha has been exploring, blending, and bending genres from Carnegie Hall to the clubs of Philadelphia. In addition to her first group, the trip-hop electronic artists Vanishing Peoples of the Earth, the soprano has performed with the Philadelphia Singers, the resident choir of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for seven seasons, and has collaborated with artists as diverse as hip-hop producer Justin Gilmore of KRU records, dance producer and DJ MacGuyver, New York composer Andrew Shapiro, and New Orleans composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe. Keisha’s debut solo album, Dedicated, moved the Philadelphia City Paper to name her one of its Great Unknown Artists in 2006. Her new album, Press Play, draws on a wide range of influences, creating a mesmerizing work that defies categorization. If you want to know what Keisha Hutchins is about—well, you’ll have to Press Play.
Neil Podgurski is a jazz pianist and composer based in Philadelphia. In 2005 Neil released his debut album Revolutions, which became a “listeners favorite” on WRTI in Philadelphia. His recording credits as a sideman include, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Landham Bros Shape of Things to Come, Brian Settles’ Central Union Secret Handshake, and Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas.
Neil’s has performed with many leading names in jazz. Currently, Neil is an artist in residence at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where he works as an adjunct professor in addition to teaching private jazz piano. In the summer of 2014 Neil released his album Nine Times One Hundred Thousand, a kind of jazz impression of ancient Tibetan Buddhist prayer melodies.